"I scream! You scream! We all scream for ice cream!”
What is it about ice cream that everybody finds so irresistible?
Is it the endless flavor combinations? That it’s a perfect treat in every season? Or like Prout’s madeleines, it brings back warm memories of good times?
Whatever the reason, 96 percent of Americans admit they eat ice cream. And the top three flavors in order of preference are chocolate, vanilla, butter pecan.
Broken down into its essential parts, ice cream is nothing more than Sugar, Fat, Frozen Water, Flavoring, and Air. But, combine these parts and the result is a delectable frozen concoction that delights the palate of even the most discerning foodies.
Even on the coldest days of winter, ice cream hits the spot.
In Louisville, we boast of having five premier, original, homegrown ice cream shops to choose from. No chains here, thankyouverymuch. If you’re a local, you
1. Louisville Cream, 632 E Market St., in the heart of Nulu, makes premium small-batch ice cream. It offers hard to resist flavors like Pistachio Honeycomb, Lavender Honey Vanilla, and Blackberry Cobbler. They also offer single serving cakes, pies, cookies, or brownies. The first flavor I tried was a single scoop of Banana Custard ice cream. I swear, I swoon at my first bite. Was it the frozen banana custard, the chunks of vanilla wafers, or the marshmallow creme that I most loved? Personally, I think it was all three.
2. Comfy Cow, 2221 Frankfort Ave, has been serving Louisvillians since 2009, and now has four locations around Louisville. My absolute flavor is the award winning Brown Butter Peanut Brittle, a mixture of brown butter ice cream, peanut brittle pieces, and sea salt sitting atop a crispy waffle cone. Comfy Cow offers classic, signature, and seasonal flavors.
3. Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen, 2525 Bardstown Road, is the one place my husband and I go sneak off to do our “shame eating.” Whenever we crave a fresh piece of pie with ice cream on the side, the “Pie Kitchen” is where we go. There’s tricky magic in their recipe that makes their ice cream extra creamy. The first Homemade Ice cream & Pie Kitchen open in 1982. Since then, they’ve expanded to several locations in Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Southern Indiana.
5. Ehlers, 201 East Main St., began as a dairy over 150 years ago and grew into an ice cream destination. I remember Ehrler’s foundly from my childhood. My dad used to take my sister and me on the weekends to get a single scoop cone of chocolate almond ice cream. I am not sure that’s still a flavor option. My second favorite choice was their orange sherbet. I know for sure that it’s still on the menu.
5. Liège & Dairy Ice Cream + Waffles, xxx, makes handmade small batch ice cream and European street waffles. Their claim to fame is the Waffle Sunday with a heaping portion of ice cream made with non-GMO cream from hormone-free cows that sits on top of a liege waffle. A Liège waffle is a yeasted dough (not a batter) with imported belgian pearl sugar folded in and cooked on a special waffle iron. Waffle, ice cream, and a variety of toppings make a one of a kind treat.
Five great establishments that have perfected ice cream in their own unique ways. I’m ready to grab a scoop, are you?